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The University of Maryland, College Park, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore are continuing their joint competitive Seed Grant Program in 2010. The intent of this initiative is to: 1) foster teams of investigators crossing disciplinary boundaries and campuses; 2) establish research foci capable of resulting in preliminary data relevant to future public health improvements and potential commercialization; and, 3) ultimately submit research proposals to the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, or other federal or private funding agencies. The program is also intended to foster collaborations between junior and senior investigators in order to provide mentorship for new investigators in the art of grant writing and research. This years solicitation places renewed emphasis on research proposals of a translational nature, across a broad spectrum of life and physical science research areas of opportunity

In order to be considered, a single-spaced proposal must be submitted no later than February 11, 2011. The proposal should address the scientific merits of the proposed research and identify and justify NIH, NSF, or other funding programs that would be receptive of a full proposal that contains preliminary results obtained under the Seed Program. The number of awards will depend on the quality and quantity of proposals received as well as their proposed budgets. The entire program is projected to be up to $500,000. The maximum per grant award is $75K. A list of previous awardees and projects can be found at the SEED website.

Individual investigators can be a participating PI on only one awarded proposal but can submit multiple proposals. The top ranked proposal after peer review will be the one eligible for funding. Investigators can serve as a collaborator on an unlimited number of proposals. Past awardees remain eligible for this year?s competition.

Details, guidelines and submission instructions can be found at the program website.

December 3, 2010


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